map of the 54 countries I've visited

Where I’ve Been – countries and states visited

This page is my running tally of which countries I’ve visited.

I’ve visited 55 countries and 30 US states (as of February 2024)! My most recent new countries visited include Uzbekistan in ’23, Monaco in ’22, Antigua in ’20, and Italy in ’19. My most recent new state visited was Arizona. I visited both Costa Rica and France each of the past two years, but I had already visited each previously so these do not add to the total.

Country totals

I’ve broken it down by region, and will add links as I post those sections of this Visit50 travel blog.

Total countries visited = 55 (plus Hong Kong, Macau, Puerto Rico)
By region:
  • Asia [12]: Cambodia (’10-11), Malaysia, Indonesia,PhilippinesBrunei, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand (’09-11), Laos (’11), Japan, China (’11 -incl HK & Macau), Taiwan (’09-10)
  • Central Asia [1]: Uzbekistan (’23)
  • Middle East [2]: Jordan, Bahrain
  • Europe [21]: Monaco (2022), Netherlands (’19), Italy (’19), Iceland (’18), Spain (’17), Portugal (’16), Sweden (’15), Finland (’15), Estonia (’15), Latvia (’15), Lithuania (’15), Poland (’15), Czech Republic (’15), Germany (’15), Greece (’15), Hungary (’15), Denmark (’12), Croatia (’09), Bosnia and Herzegovina (’09), Slovenia (’09), France (’07, ’22).
  • North America (mainland) [3]: USA (home!), Canada (1998), Mexico (’01, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’17)
  • Caribbean [7]: Antigua & Barbuda (’20), British Virgin Islands (’18-19)/Cayman Islands (2001), Turks & Caicos (’13 & ’15), Barbados (’10),  Bahamas (’08), Dominican Republic (’12, ’05), Jamaica (’01, ’07),
  • Central America [6]: Costa Rica (’04, ’23, ’24), Belize (’06, ’16-17), Nicaragua (’13), Panama (’13), Honduras (’14), Guatemala (’06),
  • South America [2]: Colombia (’14), Peru (’08)
  • Oceania [1]: Australia (’00)
  • Africa: none…yet!

(I’m still adding posts for each – so much more to share!)

Total states = 30
(plus Wash DC and Puerto Rico, both of which should be US states)
Most recent new state: Hawaii – loved!
States Visited:
  1. Arizona (’23)
  2. California
  3. Colorado (’92?, ’17)
  4. Connecticut
  5. Delaware (’05)
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia (’05, ’14?)
  8. Hawaii (’22)
  9. Illinois (’05,’09)
  10. Indiana (’12, ’13, ’14)
  11. Iowa (’06)
  12. Louisiana (’89)
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Massachusetts (’97?,’98,’01-04,’08,’09,’21,’23)
  16. Michigan (’01)
  17. Missouri
  18. Nevada
  19. New Hampshire
  20. New Jersey (every year)
  21. New York (every year)
  22. North Carolina
  23. Pennsylvania
  24. Rhode Island (’05, ’07, ’21)
  25. South Carolina
  26. Texas
  27. Utah (’14)
  28. Vermont (’05, ’12-16)
  29. Virginia (’00, ’16-18)
  30. Wyoming (’06)

States not Visited yet:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arkansas
  4. Idaho
  5. Kansas
  6. Kentucky
  7. Minnesota
  8. Mississippi
  9. Montana
  10. Nebraska
  11. New Mexico
  12. North Dakota
  13. Ohio
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Oregon
  16. South Dakota
  17. Tennessee
  18. Washington
  19. West Virginia
  20. Wisconsin
  • While I’ve been to Washington DC, it’s not a state and was not counted in the total. It has a higher population than Vermont and Wyoming so I’d argue they should change that.
  • Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, and thus is currently neither a state nor a country for this game. It has a higher population than 21 US States (not a typo – see full list here), and I’d argue we should change this, but that’s a very political debate.
  • I’ve also been to St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands too.

What counts as a country?

This is actually very debatable. It’s so debatable that I’ve written a whole post on this! For more on what counts as a country for the Visit 50 travel challenge, read on to here.

I’ve visited Hong Kong*and Macau* but are counting them as part of mainland China, which I’ve also visited.

* Taiwan is a separate country from mainland China for this list. This has certainly raised some debate amongst followers of this blog, (primarily with my friends that live in mainland China) and I welcome you to continue it in the comments. I understand that not everyone may agree on this.

How many countries are there?

There’s roughly 200 countries in the world. This comes from the 193 UN member countries in the world, and 2 “UN observers” (the Vatican and Palestine). There are 3 additional countries that are recognized by a fair number of the 195 above (Taiwan, Kosovo, Western Sahara), so let’s include them as well.

I’ve counted Hong Kong and Macau as part of China. Many travelers count them separately, since they have drastically different laws, immigration policies, and their own land, so I’ve always been torn on counting HK and Macau as countries. They’re technically and legally part of China, so I’ve included them as one country in my count. Do you agree?

Make your own map!

Todd's Travel Map - where I've been
Note: according to Matador, I’ve been to 50 countries. Woohoo! They include some that I haven’t – Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Macau.

Make your own travel map – go this link to see my map, and click the red button below it.

15 thoughts on “Where I’ve Been – countries and states visited”

  1. so overly jealous….how are you able to do this??? Really – share your secret! And keep it up, you’re going to crush your goal.

  2. Hello! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the good data you have got here on this post.
    I can be coming back to your weblog for more soon.

  3. thanks Kellie! little by little. My most recent visits were Colombia, Honduras, and Turks & Caicos. Hope to write about them shortly – enjoy the adventure!

  4. Time to hit Europe, dude! One Eurail pass and you’ll get your count up a ton. (Ohh, and Europe is pretty nice as well.)

    1. Thanks Gabe! Europe’s on my list! I’ve been to a few countries (Denmark, France, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia) but there’s so much more to visit!

  5. So I’ve got 5 years to catch you! A new goal, we’ll see if I make it. So far I’ve got a long ways to go! Thanks for the inspiration

    1. I agree – it’s less about the counting, and more about pushing yourself to get new experiences. The spirit of it is to get slightly outside your comfort zone and experience something new!

  6. This is awesome! Congrats on your travels and thank you for sharing these resources. One question, though: you count the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands as countries…wouldn’t these not count since they are UK territories?

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